NAPNAP Releases New Position Statement on PNP's Role in Disasters Involving Children

Cherry Hill, NJ, April 09, 2011 --( The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ (NAPNAP) Executive Board recently approved a new NAPNAP Position Statement on Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ Role in Disasters Involving Children.

The Position Statement calls for the inclusion of PNPs in disaster plans to help ensure that children and families have access to the necessary services to assist them in their immediate and long-term recovery. NAPNAP supports the role of the PNP as leaders during mass casualty incidents (MCI). The Position Statement supports National training and advocacy efforts at the local, state, and federal levels to ensure there are adequate health care providers available to help alleviate the effects on children during disasters. The Position Statement also calls for NAPNAP member involvement in local, state and national disaster preparedness efforts to ensure there is appropriate equipment for the care of children.

“We are very pleased to add Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ Role in Disasters Involving Children to our position statements. The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner’s leadership role in the pediatric disaster team is vital to the safety and well-being of children and families during a catastrophic event,” said NAPNAP President Jean Martin, PhD, CPNP.

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The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners would like to acknowledge the contribution from the following members: Mary Ann Best, PhD, RN, CPNP (SBHC SIG Representative), Shirley Bleak, DNP-FNP-c, MSN, CPN, Geraldine Fitzgerald, RN, MSN, CPNP, IBCLC (NAPNAP Representative to NCCD), Dolores Jones, EdD, RN, CPNP, CAE (NAPNAP Staff), Veronica Kane, PhD, CPNP (DBMH SIG Representative), Christine Narad Mason, DNP, APRN-BC (GHC SIG Representative), Audra Noble Rankin, MSN, CPNP (BFE SIG Representative), Lisa Sharp, BSN, FNP-BC.


NAPNAP is committed to improving the health care of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. An association of nearly 7,500 health care providers throughout the United States, NAPNAP has 48 Chapters nationwide. For more information, call (856) 857-9700 or visit NAPNAP's Website at

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